A10 Acquires Appcito, Makes Move Into the Cloud
The company establishes a cloud business unit that will complement the application delivery controller and security services appliances.A10 Networks is accelerating its push into the cloud-based applications services market with the recent acquisition of Appcito, which sold application delivery services via the cloud. Appcito, which A10 bought in June but is only talking about now, has become the larger company's cloud unit, which officials said will help A10 differentiate from such competitors as F5 Networks and Citrix Systems. A10, which went public in 2014, had been moving toward offering cloud-based application delivery and security services, but the acquisition of Appcito gave that initiative a boost, according to Neil Wu Becker, vice president of marketing at A10. "We were heading that way anyway, but we're now there," Becker told eWEEK. "We were cloud-ready. With Appcito, we are cloud-native." Becker and Kamal Anand, former Appcito CEO and now vice president and general manager of A10's cloud business unit, both said businesses are struggling to find ways to make their IT infrastructures more agile, scalable and secure at a time when the numbers and kinds of applications are proliferating. In addition, enterprises are looking for ways to make the leap to hybrid environments, where they can keep the security they have with on-premises technology while taking advantage of the agility and speed the cloud offers.
The combination of A10's legacy on-premises application delivery controller (ADC) and the cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) and secure application capabilities inherited from Appcito will allow A10 to bridge the gap and enable customers to make the move more easily to the cloud. A10 already offered a range of appliances that offered everything from application delivery and network management to secure web gateways, encrypted data inspection and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection. It also offers a threat intelligence service.